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Push the HPV vaccineTo reduce human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers, pediatricians must strongly recommend the underutilized HPV vaccine in preteens.
Vaccine education project focuses on the pediatric populationEnhancing parental knowledge about vaccine science is one strategy for promoting vaccination adherence and overcoming vaccine hesitancy. An alternative approach is to target school-aged children as they are the parents of the future.
Flu vaccine recommendations for the 2016 - 2017 seasonEgg allergies are no longer a contraindication for influenza vaccination, but intranasal mists won’t be an alternative for the shot during this year’s flu season, either, according to new recommendations released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Live attenuated influenza vaccine “shelved” for poor efficacyRecent data has revealed the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” vaccine, to be grossly ineffective, leading to the ACIP’s decision not to recommend its usage. As such, healthcare providers must be judicious in their choice of influenza vaccine with their patients.
How mom's flu shot protects babyFlu shots given to mothers during pregnancy provided protection for their babies against three common strains of influenza for several weeks after birth, according to a new report.
Febrile seizure risk and vaccinesMaintaining the currently recommended vaccination schedule of influenza, pneumococcal conjugate, and diphtheria/tetanus/acellular pertussis vaccines in young children as put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is likely the best way to manage immunization in this patient population despite the slightly increased risk for febrile seizure.
Asthma and risk of vaccine-preventable diseaseChildren with a history of asthma may be at increased risk for breakthrough varicella infection, according to a new retrospective, population-based case-control study.
Tdap booster in teens less effective after initial acellular vaccine seriesAn analysis of data on the incidence of pertussis shows that although acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine had a positive impact among adolescents in the 4 years after it was introduced in 2005, in 2010 pertussis incidence in this age group began to increase more rapidly than it did in all other age groups.
Immunization safety in preterm infantsFindings of a new study should alleviate concern that immunization puts preterm infants at risk for clinical deterioration.
Vaccinations: What parents want (VIDEO)For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara explains key findings from a nationally representative survey published in Clinical Pediatrics. The survey asked parents what they wanted to know about vaccines and how they wanted providers to handle their concerns.